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Antoine Girard nominated for Adventurer of the Year 2017

Antoine Girard nominated for Adventurer of the Year 2017

French paraglider pilot Antoine Girard has been nominated for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year People’s Choice Award 2017 for his historic flight over 8,057m Broad Peak in Pakistan in August. This is hugely prestigious award, with international and global reach. You can vote once for him every day, from now until 16 December […]

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World Champion Christian Ciech wins Iquique HG Open

World Champion Christian Ciech wins Iquique HG Open

World and European Hang Gliding Champion Christian Ciech won the Iquique Hang Gliding Open, which took place in Chile between 30 October and 4 November 2016.  Ciech won all but the first of the six tasks in the Open event, finishing ahead of Christian Cid (CL). There was a separate Sport Class too, which was won by Gerardo Rocha of […]

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Apco announce new school wing, the Karisma

Apco announce new school wing, the Karisma

Apco have announced a forthcoming new school paraglider. The EN-A wing will be called the Karisma, and Apco say it has a sharknose profile with “a new leading edge construction method”. Apco say the Karisma is easy to teach on and a joy to fly. It was designed to inspire confidence in new pilots, and allow them to […]

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Konrad Gorg: 425km declared-goal world record on EN B

Konrad Gorg: 425km declared-goal world record on EN B

Konrad Gorg, owner of AirCross, flew 446km from Quixada, Brazil on 1 November 2016, setting a new world record for distance to a declared goal at 425km. More – he was flying an EN B wing, his own AirCross U Cruise. He was in the air for 10h40m. See the tracklog here. We are pretty certain […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Full pilot list announced

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Full pilot list announced

The waiting is over, the nail-biting can stop. Once again the Red Bull X-Alps committee has deliberated and delivered its decision. Thirty athletes have been chosen to take part in next year’s race. They include four-time champion Chrigel Maurer, and Running Man legend Toma Coconea. Athletes from last year’s leading pack including Paul Guschlbauer, Aaron […]

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Swing Trinity RS acro paraglider

Swing Trinity RS acro paraglider

Rast meets acro! Swing’s Trinity RS is an acro wing with Rast for professional acro pilots. Swing say the Rast (Ram Air Section Technology), which allows different sectors the canopy to be at different pressures, is ideally suited to acro wings. The development of the TRINITY RS acro-glider has demonstrated the full potential of RAST: The […]

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Niviuk R-Bus tandem paramotor wing

Niviuk R-Bus tandem paramotor wing

Niviuk have released their first tandem paramotor wing, the R-Bus. Designed for use with trikes it can carry loads up to 500 kilograms. They say it is a very tough, stable and durable glider that offers short, quick and simple take-offs and comfortable and safe landings for both pilot and passenger. A solid but agile wing, they […]

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Advance BiBeta 6: professional tandem

Advance BiBeta 6: professional tandem

Advance have announced that a new professional tandem paraglider is on its way. The Bibeta 6 is due for release in November 2016. Advance worked closely with professional tandem pilots in Interlaken in its development, extensively refining prototypes until the professionals’ expectations of take-off, handling and landing characteristics had all been exceeded. The BiBeta 6 […]

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BGD release Base Lite

BGD release Base Lite

BGD have released a limited-edition lightweight version of their EN-B Base. The Base Lite was designed for vol-bivouac and travelling, and they say it’s the best sport class glider they have ever made. It has an extra 3km/h on its top speed, thanks to its optimised speed bar. Low-drag micro-lines have also improved glider performance “by up to one […]

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Neo X-Fly speedflying wing

Neo X-Fly speedflying wing

Speedriding and speedflying specialists Neo have introduced the versatile X-Fly to their range. It can be used for pure foot-launched speedflying, strong-wind soaring or speedriding. The X-Fly is available in five sizes, from 9 to 18m², to cater for all levels of pilot from beginner through to extreme pilots. The sail is made from 42g double-coated Skytex Everlast, with a combination of […]

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Woody Valley Skyway Karabiner

Woody Valley Skyway Karabiner

Woody Valley, in collaboration with Camp, developed the Skyway karabiner specifically for paragliding use.  It weighs just 48g and has a variable cross-section with increased strength (compared to the 14g-heavier Camp Para Twist Lock Evolution karabiner which preceded it) at the critical points. Features Thin and rounded end for easy hooking into the glider riser […]

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Swing Connect Reverse 2 paraglider harness

Swing Connect Reverse 2 paraglider harness

Swing have updated their reversible paraglider harness, and the latest edition is the Connect Reverse 2.  It sports an improved airbag which inflates by means of a steel spring, completely independent of airflow, guaranteeing maximum protection right from launch and excellent longevity. The harness now has a more streamlined, aerodynamic shape, and Swing say it has a good […]

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U-Turn Trinity: “The ultimate fun machine”

U-Turn Trinity: “The ultimate fun machine”

U-Turn call the Trinity “the ultimate fun machine”. A mini-wing, it can be used for freestyle soaring on strong-wind coastlines, wagga ground training or Alpine racing adventures. Groundhandling and freestyle maestro Mike Küng had a lot of input into the wing’s design, and the wing that emerged is finished to his exacting requirements. It’s compact, precise and fun, with good […]

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Lucy: Profly’s first wing, for freestyle

Lucy: Profly’s first wing, for freestyle

Profly, the Professional Flying Team, have released their first paraglider. Lucy is an all-round freestyler, aimed at pilots who want to safely progress in acro flying. The team say Lucy is performant and dynamic, with precise, fun handling, for freestyle, acro, strong-wind soaring and even short cross-country flights. Profly say they wanted to create a glider that is safer […]

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Niviuk Hook 4 P certified EN B

Niviuk Hook 4 P certified EN B

The lightweight version of Niviuk’s progression wing, the Hook 4 P is certified EN B and ready to fly. Its canopy weight is up to 1.4kg less than the original, and Niviuk say the Hook 4 P is a versatile and comfortable intermediate glider, ideal for hike-and-fly or vol-bivouac adventures. They say it is more intuitive, with […]

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Little Cloud unveil MK3 Goose

Little Cloud unveil MK3 Goose

Little Cloud have unveiled the third version of their Goose, a fun and playful wing with precise handling and the passive safety a low aspect-ratio wing affords.  It’s made for cross-country flying, and its light weight and low pack size make it great for vol-bivouac outings too. It’s aimed at EN-C level pilots. The Goose concept is simple: optimising performance without […]

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Sky’s PPG touring wing, the Flux

Sky’s PPG touring wing, the Flux

Czech company Sky Paragliders have unveiled their new PPG wing – the Flux. It’s a touring wing, with a soaring pedigree but designed for powered flying. They say it’s an easy-to-fly wing with pleasant handling and good efficiency, as much at home engine-off thermalling as fast-cruising the skies under power, trimmers off, eating up the kilometres. The Flux […]

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Seawind T1-X Super: single-seat titanium trike

Seawind T1-X Super: single-seat titanium trike

Seawind’s latest single-seater titanium PPG trike is called the T1-X Super.  The frame is just 9.5kg, and the whole trike weighs 47kg (with wheels, fuel tank etc but without the engine). It’s delivered without an engine, but can be used with a Polini Thor 200,  Cors-Air M25Y, Vittorazi Moster 185 or  Simonini Mini2. The trike’s dimensions […]

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Vita2 Superlight from AirDesign

Vita2 Superlight from AirDesign

AirDesign’s Vita2 SL is a super-light version of the low-B Vita 2, with a glider weight starting from just 2.8kg. AD say the Vita2 SL is suitable for pilots who have just completed their training. Not only is it light, but very small-packing too, and ideal for hike-and-fly adventures. We at AirDesign are mindful that the concept […]

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Cobra 4ST190: 4-stroke paramotor

Cobra 4ST190: 4-stroke paramotor

Cobra Paramotors have released their new four-stroke paramotor engine. It was developed in collaboration with Japanese motorcycle engine manufacturer Daytona for PPG foot launch and trikes. It has an electric start, and Cobra say its power-to-weight ratio, reliability and performance is unrivalled! The Cobra 4St190 weighs 19kg (engine only) and delivers 67kg thrust with a 1.3m two-blade composite […]

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